Who’d have thought it, not only would I be looking for the Moodle logo for the blog, but other strange things have been happening this week:
Let me go back to the beginning…
What we’ve released on Education Labs this week is a toolkit that allows you to integrate the Live@Edu services onto your students’ Moodle homepage. Live@Edu is our hosted mail and collaboration service for students, which provides a free 10GB mailbox, 25GB of general online file storage, and additional 5GB of online document storage for collaborative projects. A large number of UK universities have started using it, and an increasing number of colleges – with budgets so tight, the idea of outsourcing student email to a free provider is looking more attractive!
What the plug-in does is allow a student to see their live, real-time inbox and calendar on their Moodle home page, via a single login. And it also allows lecturers to do things like send out student alerts – things like “Your homework assignment is due in tomorrow” with an easy step, and the system will handle the delivery of it to students (through email, mobile phone etc).
When I saw a brief demonstration of it yesterday, the bit that impressed me was seeing the email inbox on the home page of Moodle – not just a link to it, but the actual emails themselves. It is another step towards making your school Learning Platform the core of everything that your students and staff do.
You can download the Moodle plug-in from Education Labs, or watch the video of it on this page.
This project will only appeal to a minority of colleges – you’ll need the technical skills to get it working (but then you’ll have needed those to get Moodle working in your college too). But if you are using Moodle already, this project is a step in the right direction to help integrate a range of your ICT services together, and builds on the work we did a couple of years ago to help the integration between SharePoint and Moodle.